Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Prayer, Refuge, Future... seek Him



I challenge our church family on Sunday to spend time, every day, in the Bible reading the Word of God.  It is my belief that to have a powerful and successful life that counts must have Biblical truth as our foundation and God as our guide.

Let’s take a few minutes to look closely at Psalm 61.

Psalm 61  GW

Listen to my cry for help, O God.  Pay attention to my prayer.  From the ends of the earth, I call to you when I begin to lose heart.  Lead me to the rock that is high above me.  You have been my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy.  I would like to be a guest in your tent forever and to take refuge under the protection of your wings. 

O God, you have heard my vows.  You have given me the inheritance that belongs to those who fear your name.  Add days upon days to the life of the king.  May his years endure throughout every generation.  May he sit enthroned in the presence of God forever.  May mercy and truth protect him.  Then I will make music to praise your name forever, as I keep my vows day after day.

This chapter reminds us of a few pieces of the Christian life that we can enjoy and shouldn’t miss…

PRAYER

David the writer of the Psalm says that he cried out to God and expected that his prayer would be heard.  We can claim the same truth.  God will hear our prayers.  But remember that prayer has several different facets.  There is time to speak to God.  There is time to think about what you are reading in the Bible or about life.  There is time to listen to God.  We cannot and must not forget to pray.

REFUGE

That is who our God is.  David prayed that he would be led to the one who is the refuge.  His story would reveal this truth as our stories should reveal too.  God has our back.  As we follow Him our future will be longer and secure.  As we follow Him we are reassured of our real strength and given courage.

FUTURE

You live with confidence when your future is secure.  Making great decisions impacts your future.  We can leave it to God.  Let Him be in control.  I believe our lives will amount to so much more and be more enjoyable as we live secure in God.

Prayer seeking our refuge who is God holding our future… that will make 2017 that much greater!

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